It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare: entrusting your fur baby to the care of supposed professionals only to shockingly discover you’ve been sorely mistaken. Adding insult to injury? Seeing this hard truth with your own eyes when you’re thousands of miles away and unable to immediately rescue your beloved animal.
As WTKR News reports, this is the horrifying scenario Mike La Salvia of Tallmadge, Ohio, found himself and his pup Leo in when he left the canine in the care of Tails R Waggin Doggie Daycare.
While La Salvia was vacationing in Mexico on Dec. 15, he alleges he checked the doggie day care’s webcam and witnessed one of the staff members drag Leo by the collar and kick him twice. The distraught dog owner says he abruptly cut short his trip and then spent 48 hours in various airports trying to make his way home last-minute to his pup in Ohio.
“I haven’t really slept since I saw the video,” La Salvia told WTKR. He said his feelings upon viewing the webcam footage were “total pain.”
While La Salvia was en route home to Leo, his sister, Nancy, quickly removed Leo from the day care center and watched him until her brother returned.
“When you leave your dog with those centers you just assume that they’re having a great time,” said La Salvia’s sister.
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Meanwhile, Rebecca Brockmeyer, the founder of the Tails R Waggin company, which has three franchise locations in the Akron area, told the station that the same person who owned the Tallmadge and Macedonia locations of the business has had their franchise owner agreement revoked.
“I am extremely sorry,” Brockmeyer said. “Never in a million years did I think this would happen.”
The woman who allegedly abused Leo did not respond to a request for comment. La Salvia says he plans to file a police report against her.